snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plastic breathing tube used for swimming near the surface with the head underwater He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren sandy bottom.— Brian Clark No complicated equipment—just a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're set to explore a shimmering world of exotic fish and Technicolor coral.— Richard Alleman
2 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a vehicle's engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engine can be operated while the vehicle is partially or fully submerged Water entered the snorkel of an Argentine submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit before the vessel went missing this month, a navy spokesman said Monday.Chicago Tribune Most need to be specially modified … with extra ground clearance to get over big rocks, an exhaust snorkel for river crossings, industrial-strength suspension, and an engine with enough torque to power through mud and sand.— Jerry Guo

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling\ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce snorkeling (audio) \

Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

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Other Words from snorkel

Verb

snorkeler \ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce snorkeler (audio) \ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

Verb We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Discovery Cove provides guests with snorkels and masks, as well as waterproof fish identification guides to take with you. al, "Swim with sharks, dolphins at this Florida resort," 30 Jan. 2020 Nicholas Bingham and Delroy Gooden put on their flippers, masks and snorkels, then wrap their faces to protect against stinging jellyfish. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence," 3 Dec. 2019 The resort also offers optional excursions through Island Routes Caribbean Adventures – such as a snorkel tour or a Jeep safari – so guests can truly experience the island. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Spring break spots that are blissfully free of spring breakers, from Barbados to Portland," 14 Jan. 2020 In those brief windows, archaeologists donning snorkels and scuba gear were able to document the feature, which was about 10 feet below the surface. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Oldest Known Seawall Discovered Along Submerged Mediterranean Villages," 18 Dec. 2019 The swim wasn't dangerous: Lecomte was able to maneuver around bigger pieces of debris and wore a snorkel, so there was little chance of him swallowing microplastic. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Long-distance swimmer dives into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," 11 Dec. 2019 Nicholas Bingham and Delroy Gooden put on their flippers, masks and snorkels, then wrap their faces to protect against stinging jellyfish. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence," 3 Dec. 2019 On their first dive in February, Giusto said, the gondoliers dove into the canals with a simple diving masks and snorkels, with some inevitably taking in some of the polluted water. Claudio Lavanga, NBC News, "Gondoliers-turned-divers scour famed lagoon and canals for trash," 4 Nov. 2019 Nicholas Bingham and Delroy Gooden put on their flippers, masks and snorkels, then wrap their faces to protect against stinging jellyfish. David Goldman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plus, who wouldn’t want to ring in the new year snorkeling with a sea cow? al, "Swim with manatees in this charming Florida town," 16 Oct. 2019 Trip Highlights Experience close encounters with playful sea lions, gentle whale sharks, and giant schools of tropical fish while snorkeling or diving in the Sea of Cortez. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Peter’s Basilica Tour for $65 — as well as more adventurous options, like a 5-hour Thingvellir Park Silfra snorkeling tour from Reykjavik, complete with pick-up for $165, or a private guided tour of Paris via vintage sidecar. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "TripAdvisor’s top 10 best travel experiences around the world," 29 June 2019 The Red Sea project covers a remote area with 120 miles of coastline, more than 90 islands and extensive coral reefs that could one day be a diving and snorkeling paradise. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Wants Your Next Vacation," 25 Dec. 2019 There were about 10 of us, mostly novices, led by guides from Channel Island Adventure Co. (a subset of Santa Barbara Adventure Co.), which rents kayaks and snorkeling equipment at the old Scorpion Ranch corral. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "On Santa Cruz, California’s largest island, foxes play and a traffic jam is 6 kayaks," 9 June 2019 The arm was later recovered along with Viss’ dive flag and weight belt by Thiago Barosa, 32, who was snorkeling in the area. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Alcohol was on boat that severed diver’s arm, police say," 3 Dec. 2019 Hawaii is known for sunbathing, snorkeling and volcano hiking, but there’s much more to experience. Valerie Stimac, SFChronicle.com, "7 nighttime things to do in Hawaii," 9 Oct. 2019 Rincon Beach Resort is on a pristine beach and offers guests snorkeling. Iris Van Rynbach, courant.com, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snorkel

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snorkel

Noun

German Schnorchel

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The first known use of snorkel was in 1945

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Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

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“Snorkel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snorkel. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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snorkel

noun
How to pronounce snorkel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater

snorkel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater while using a snorkel

snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Kids Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling

Kids Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing

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